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North Yorkshire Councils Team Up To Ensure No Second Night Out For Rough Sleepers


6:01am 16th October 2013

Eight local authorities in North Yorkshire have formed a partnership to adopt the No Second Night Out approach towards tackling rough sleeping across the region.

The initiative will officially launch on 16th October with a free event at County Hall, Northallerton.

No Second Night Out (NSNO) is a national initiative, based on a London pilot which started in 2011 with a simple ambition – that anyone who ends up sleeping out on the streets gets the rapid help they need to ensure they do not have to spend a second night out.

Since launching in April 2011, NSNO has ensured that 80% of new rough sleepers do not spend a second night on the streets and has helped 2,427 people to exit rough sleeping and into accommodation.

The initiative supports the Government’s rough sleeping strategy ‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’ and is being rolled out nationally with the support of umbrella organisation Homeless Link. Harrogate and York have already adopted the approach but will be joined by Craven, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby as a sub-regional partnership as part of their commitment to end rough sleeping in North Yorkshire.

Using funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the partnership has commissioned a ‘spot purchase’ scheme through which local authorities buy in specialist services to provide assistance to street drinkers and rough sleepers. New rough sleepers will be helped off the streets through a range of methods in each local authority area.

Statutory and voluntary sector organisations are invited to attend the launch event where representatives from Homeless Link and the local authorities will introduce the context of national NSNO initiatives and North Yorkshire’s response to new rough sleepers, including information and action planning on preparing services for winter and conducting annual counts and estimates.

Steve Guyon, head of rough sleeping for DCLG, will also be in attendance to discuss the Government’s commitment to ending rough sleeping in England.

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said:

“Homeless Link is delighted that the North Yorkshire local authorities have come together to end rough sleeping in the region. We know that the longer someone spends on the streets the worse their problems can become and the harder it can be to escape homelessness. This initiative sets out a simple standard that means putting the right services in place so nobody spends more than a single night on the streets.

“No Second Night Out involves the community working together to identify people who are sleeping rough and ensuring they get the right help at the right time. Members of the public can take action by contacting StreetLink, a free telephone line and website to connect rough sleepers with local services and support, on 0300 500 0914 or www.streetlink.org.uk.”

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, said:

“This launch is taking place during York’s Housing Week (14-18 October) when we will be addressing the link between housing and poverty. York will activate its severe weather protocol on 1 November for the 8th year, and has been delivering NSNO services for over 18 months since the scheme was formally launched in January 2013 with the support of the Rt Hon John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.”

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